Marching Orders App for iOS

Marching Orders is an iOS App focused on making task lists for other people. It is not a “to-do” app, it’s a “you-do” app!

It’s also great for showing people what they did and did not do correctly!

This App is designed to be lean and mean for the intended purpose. It is not for wasting your time making a pretty brochure and has been “field tested” for usefulness!

Marchng Orders Sample PDF

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Marching Orders is all about getting results and the process is geared to efficiency. Let’s start with the end product.

The goal is to give an employee, or anyone doing specific tasks for you, a clear and concise list with pictures! Don’t rule out using Marching Orders for your spouse or teenager.

The finished Marching Orders document can be printed directly from Marching Orders to any AirPrint enabled printer and will have the basic format of the image at right. Marching Order documents are saved in standard PDF format and are therefore extremely portable. All Marching Order documents can also be sent by email.

See our Help Files for information on using older non-AirPrint enabled printers.

Each task you create can show a picture, a title and a description. Only a title is required so you are not compelled to fill things in where they are not needed. And, any image you can get into your device’s Camera Roll can be used in Marching Orders. It does not have to actually be a photograph.

The sample Marching Order shown above is obviously just to give some ideas but let us pretend it is intended for an individual doing some work on your home. You can’t be there to give instructions personally and have left a printed Marching Orders PDF for him to get started and waste little time locating the various tasks. Note that one item is intended to correct things he has done wrong. The examples have been selected to give you ideas but it is very unlikely you will need many suggestions before starting to make your own marching orders!

To make this particular document with Marching Orders, the process is simple and straightforward. You do not have to do anything in a specific order! This was just the easiest way for me to make this particular Marching Orders document for our caretaker.

You might first choose to walk around with your iPhone and take pictures of the things you want worked on. When taking pictures first, you can always take more than one shot and choose from them later. The pictures are important and definitely can be “worth a thousand words”. Imagine if the first person to coin that expression had an iPhone in their hand!

You can always take another picture or use any image that you can get into the “Camera Roll” on your iOS device. This can include using Dropbox, iTunes or any other App you chose that can do that.

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Next, open the Marching Orders App and create/name a new document. By using Save and Continue, a blank task is shown and you would touch on the empty image location to select a picture. A menu asks if you want to “take a picture” or “select a picture” because as mentioned, you don’t have to take pictures first or as a separate process. Since you already have a batch of pictures, selecting an existing picture from the Camera Roll begins your Marching Order.

After choosing a picture you can crop or scale it to improve what will show in the final output. Since the pictures taken by the current lineup of iOS devices are very high quality, you can decide to zoom in on specific details in a picture, usually without much concern of a resulting blurry image.

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After completing the crop/scale work, you see the thumbnail representing the selected picture for the first task and touch the empty title field to enter text there. If your phone supports speech to text, it can make fast work of entering the title. Of course you can always use the keyboard for entry and corrections. The optional description field is handled the same way as the title field and dictation can again be a tremendous time saver.

All tasks can be reordered and/or deleted as need be and pictures can be changed at any time as well.

A alternate method that might yield better results depending upon your thought process or the job at hand would be to take your pictures from within Marching Orders and create the tasks as you go. Marching Orders will stay where you leave it so you can create a task, start a new one but close the app in waiting for the next task to come to you. Open Marching Orders when you know what it is and start in right where you left off.

In a nutshell, that is the main process for creating a Marching Order! Simply add and complete as many additional tasks as needed. Each marching order and the tasks it contains can be previewed and edited.

Once you are ready to hand off your marching orders, simply print or send the PDF file that the App generates by email from within Marching Orders.

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Take Some Pictures

There is no "right way" to do it but most will find the easiest first step to be taking pictures that illustrate what you want the recipient of your Marching Orders to focus on. The app will let you crop and scale any photo if needed.

Dictate Some Text

Use Speech to Text if your device supports it to make this a really fast process or type in what you like for titles and/or descriptions. Pictures will help to minimize how much you need to enter to give good instructions!

Print Marching Orders!

Send your file to any AirPrint printer or email it as an attachment. With Marching Orders, you can easily give your staff a great task list with a minimum of time and effort! Check out our Tips & Techniques posts for more info!